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These birds don’t trumpet their presence, but they’re there

About a dozen big beautiful white birds — trumpeter swans — were spotted in the Grand River bottoms this week. They almost merged to vanish in the snow.

The majestic birds were nearing extinction a few decades ago. However, the population has increased of late due to conservation and recovery programs. Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America with seven-foot wing spans, snow white plumage, black bills and

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